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  1. For those having trouble hooking up.
    I run firefox on three different computers using windows 10. Of late have had no trouble until the last day or so and the troubles extend to FB and other sites. If you have an anti-virus then this may cause problems (I just use the windows version now).
    If you are running through a modem on fibre with your telly etc. try turning of that modem. Sometimes that modem goes awol.

    Close your system down reasonably regularly as that clears the system automatically of lots of garbage and bad links.
    You can clear your cache without losing your passwords etc by selecting what you want cleared.

    Windows this week have done and upgrade and so other browsers will have as well.
    It really does work but sometimes you have to be like the lady of the house and sweep the floor. Put the rubbish out and flush the loo too. 😆

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    • Wise words of advice. I too use Firefox but on a Mac. Never had any problems logging in. Clearing the cache on both Firefox and the Mac operating system speeds things Up.

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    • Great! Amazing steps forward now.

      Done all the above, cleared cache, restart, Win updates, disconnected router, Norton scan etc

      And now – still utterly unresponsive in Brave. And now – totally unresponsive in Chrome too.

      Only able to post with Firefox.

      All this after only 2 hours. Maybe I’m the only one experiencing this, or maybe it’s just tacit censorship of YSB by Big Tech.

      KB may have lost the plot after March 15 – but at least it’s commentable on – not that I’ll ever do that again.

      Ed – love the blog, love your humour, love your ideals, love the companion commenters, the technology issues suck balls. It used to work fine – then after you started fixing trivial stuff after Melahi lost her mind – since then it’s all turned into a horrible user experience for me.

      (Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy that others are still not experiencing problems, but if I’m suffering this lock-out then you can bet that others (who don’t care enough to jump through the hoops I’ve just jumped through) are walking away and deleting YSB from their favourites list).

      I’ve not left – I’m just locked out

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  2. Act leader carries the flag for freedom

    Indeed he does.

    Some in the Ardern circle now believe liberalisation was wrong, with the Prime Minister herself owning up to being inspired by Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics and others having waded through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s The Spirit Level.

    Increasing numbers of younger left-wing activists, with no memory of the Berlin Wall, unembarrassedly support economic and political ideologies responsible for the murder or death by starvation of an estimated 100 million people last century.

    Intimately linked to economic liberalisation in the 1980s and 1990s was social liberalisation. Government was to get out of both the boardroom and the bedroom.

    National’s betrayal of the boardroom principle was complete when no less than Key himself conducted commercial negotiations as Prime Minister with the likes of Warner Bros, SkyCity casino and Rio Tinto.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12283365

    In this context, Act leader David Seymour spies an opportunity to target those National voters worried about its tilt away from market liberalism towards social conservatism.

    National is almost certain to again indicate to its supporters in Epsom that they should vote for Seymour rather than its candidate, Paul Goldsmith, who is much more interested in being Minister of Finance this time next year than an electorate MP.

    That means a party vote for Act anywhere else in the country will therefore help rather than hinder the defeat of the Ardern-Peters regime.

    Already, one or two polls have indicated Act has enough support to see a second MP, deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke, enter Parliament next year.

    dig. Please take note.
    We need more Seymours.

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    • I do not understand the intricacies of how MMP works in NZ
      Eg what percentage of vote would Act need to get a second MP.
      And if some people give their party vote to Act, how does that affect National
      I always thought you needed 5% to get an MP.
      (but I believe there are other factors that come into play)
      So I need to find this out, and other voters need to know this as well.

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      • …..”you needed 5% to get an MP.”……

        Unless an MP of the party holds an electoral seat (Seymour, Epsom) in which case the number of party votes received will determine the number of list MPs.

        ……” if some people give their party vote to Act, how does that affect National”……

        Then they have voted for ACT & National lose a potential vote.

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        • So in summary, that means that if enough people party voted Act for them to get 2 Mps in parliament that means that seat will probably come from National.
          So the number of MPs on the right remains the same.
          Its just there are two Act Mps rather than 1.
          Am I correct?

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      • If act win Epsom then they have already got a say in how many other seats they might get under the proportional system.
        If they get 6% of the total vote then they would be about 4or 5 seats
        The reason the greens are in the parliament is because they get more than the 5 % threshold, without an electorate seat. This is why NZFirst desperately need to get either an electorate seat OR get more than 5% support.
        This is why your party vote for Act is so vital. I will be voting Act with my party vote and National as my electorate vote. If Act had a candidate in my electorate then it would be two ticks for Act.

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      • You are active on a political blog in NZ but don’t understand how MMP works.
        This shows why this daft obscure political system was such a dreadful idea.

        It was chucking out the baby and the bathwater as an over-reaction to the significant failings of FPP
        eg 2015 UKIP received 12.5% of vote for 1 seat in a 650 member Parliament under the awful FPP that was a good idea before electricity and computers.

        MMP is used by Germany, Bolivia, Lesotho, and New Zealand.
        It was used in Romania for 2 elections earlier this century then chucked out.
        It is a dreadful system..
        Peter Shirtcliff tried to warn people with full page adverts prior to the vote in 1993.

        The grotty Electoral Commission recommended this dog.
        It all came from :-
        …Labour campaigned in 1981 and 1984 on a promise to establish a Royal Commission into the electoral system. Following their election into government in 1984, Labour established the Royal Commission into the Electoral System, and the commission’s 1986 report recommended the adoption of mixed-member proportional representation (MMP). …

        so Labour Pardy Royal Commissions do deliver the dogs.
        the slow ones that should go to the slaughter house !!

        It should have been STV where the votes carry weight and you can rank parties so get a powerful vote personal .

        This extract from Te Ara shows who are the sort of barking mad types who support MMP
        https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/2493/changing-to-mmp

        …The aim was also to curb the domination of the House by a majority party. These supporters of the movement, shown cutting an MMP cake, are (from left) Anglican clergyman Richard Randerson, author Patricia Grace and Black Power president Rei Harris. …
        ie. The god botherers; the gangsters; and feminists.

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        • This is probably why so many National supporters trot out the “But we won the last election“, because they still think a single party getting the highest percentage of votes means they can form a government.

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    • Q: Have National supported this Zero Carbon claptrap to sidle up to the Greens?
      If the Greens would consider National an acceptable coalition alternative to Labour, then the next election might have an interesting outcome.
      Can’t see it happening myself, but never is a long day.

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      • So … they’d be selling their principles or what their voters want to gain power.

        Isn’t that one of the things that Labour and the Greens just did last election, by selling out to Winston Peters for Waka Jumping, free access to fishing resources for his friends, etc. to get themselves into power?

        Not sure I’m comfortable with any party doing that type of horsetrading, no matter what colour their banner is.

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        • This is politics. Principles are for sale – you can’t achieve anything if you aren’t in power. Just ask the Greens.
          Would the Zero Carbon bill have failed without National support?
          Horse trading occurs on both sides of the house, always has always will. With MMP it is a necessity.

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      • It is not that long ago (a couple of months) that Shaw said he would never trust Bridges as head of a Government and Bridges ” talks out both sides of his mouth” re climate change.
        Also there is no way the hard cores Greens would agree to aligning with National and their key funder Greenpeace definitely would not have a bar of it.

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    • Increasing numbers of younger left-wing activists terrorists, with no memory of the Berlin Wall, unembarrassedly support economic and political ideologies responsible for the murder or death by starvation of an estimated 100 million people last century.

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  3. ‘Intolerant left’ wants to censor your thoughts and speech, Act Party leader David Seymour says

    The “intolerant new left” is working in the background of the Government to censor New Zealanders’ thoughts and speech, Act Party leader David Seymour says.

    Act unveiled a new logo with the tagline “for freedom” at its annual conference in Auckland’s Parnell today, with speakers highlighting free speech policy and opposition to gun laws passed after the Christchurch shootings.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/_mnhS4k16b2hlcz-ATrnwC1K-Sw=/620×177/smart/filters:quality(70)/arc-anglerfish-syd-prod-nzme.s3.amazonaws.com/public/AEAHQ7OIXFEVHF2LG43SQ53QUA.png

    “For a long time, we could rely on the liberal left to uphold freedom of expression. They may have wanted to take your property, but at least they’d let you have your thoughts and opinions.”

    Seymour has faced accusations he is seeking the “racist vote” after announcing a member’s bill that would repeal parts of the law that makes some speech unlawful if it is threatening, abusive or insulting and likely to “excite hostility” against a group of people or bring them into contempt on the ground of their colour, race or ethnicity.

    Today, Seymour said the bill would remove from the Human Rights Act the words “abusive” and “insulting” and leave only “threatening” as a crime.

    “It should never be a crime to insult or abuse someone with language because nobody should ever be punished on the basis of subjective opinion.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12240397

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    • No politician is perfect, but Seymour does show a constituency in key principles.

      That insidiousness of the left, is a rot that goes through many parts of academia, education, judiciary & media, that effects many institutions.

      abusive or insulting and likely to “excite hostility” against a group of people or bring them into contempt on the ground of their colour, race or ethnicity.

      Then ratchet up the definitions. That catch all word “likely” 🙁

      Though this was of sorts pushed by Soviet era, it has been picked up by the Organsation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, and Is text book influence from the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights. and then UN & EU,

      And so our left twist and turn this in seeking controlling power, so they can run rampant, covering with a “virtue signal” of taking care of others, in the “multicultural” sustainable diversity of welcoming cultural enrichment, on the path of “superdiversity”

      So it is the host countries, are expected to change western civilization principles, using “kindness” tolerant principles, not to offend others, or any other “intolerant” peoples, and so that it can be said that “one punches above their weight” in this world.
      It is never enough, and in the mean time, hide and ignore the real problems except with “hand wringing” and nor looking after one’s own citizens, to educate, upskill, motivate, only with a hand up that has responsibility & accountability.

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      • Although this is an important issue, I truly think that the coalition are “throwing” out utter bullshit to deflect from the real “concrete” issues.

        It is just so easy for them to talk semantics and “structure” and airy fairy words rather than sit down and address the very real issues that we have currently in NZ.

        Suicide was an election issue, now pushed to the rear of the bus, Housing was another issue that was flogged relentlessly but now pushed to the back of the bus.

        Pike River was an election issue, where was the last journalist’s article on the progress or lack thereof of this…. back of the bus.

        Child Poverdee (sic) was the reason ardern entered politics, where are we on that?

        “Free speech” is an emotive issue and important one but for me pales into insignificance when compared to the real issues we have. Why, because at the moment it is all waffle and regardless of what this coalition would like to do, they will be done and dusted by this time next year so they can promise or threaten as much as they like, they will be gone and hopefully “what’s in it for wynston” with them.

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        • Hi Tall man. While I agree with much of your comment, I don’t think you’re right that Free Speech pales into insignificance compared to other issues at all.

          If we allow the totalitarians to curtail free speech nobody will be allowed to even discuss these other issues – and then where the hell will we be?

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          • Dave I agree with you but with less than 12 months to go this coalition will talk and nothing else. That is why for me it is a non issue.

            I also firmly believe that should support for the opposition be too fragmented then ardern could slip through and we will then face numerous issues as well as potential curtailment of our rights. I think CGT would be back with a vengence as ardern will play Boomers against Millennials, Europeans against all others in her drive to destroy NZ.

            I just don’t think they have the will or the support to take further inroads into our basic rights.

            However, according to my wives I was wrong once but neither can remember when or what.

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        • I disagree with you, fundamentally.

          Freedom of speech is part of our essential liberty. Living as a free person, brings with it the responsibility, accountability and freedom to sort your own happiness, your own poverty, etc. and not abrogate that responsibility to the state.

          Teaching people to be free and responsible, rather than beholden to their paymasters in Labour or National is the only way to change our future.

          But then, I agree more with David Seymour that people are free to say rude, offensive things as long as they do not direct people to cause harm. (E.g. “Go kill this person”)

          I enjoyed listening to George Carlin, Kevin Bloody Wilson and others like them while I know a lot of people would cringe in horror at their words. They are rude. They are mean. They poke fun at all sorts of “protected” groups of people.

          But I also know you are happy to sell that freedom for your own comfort and your own belief system as well. Reference last night, rather than ignoring the demented parrot you – through insinuation and that call to Ed – asked for him to be removed from the blog because he was mean to you.

          It is though, at the core of changing our society so we’re not heading down the center left path National and Labour are leading us.

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          • I replied to you but it was deleted by the ed as is his right.

            I’m glad that you are a fanboy of his but if you reread my post you will,see that I couldn’t give two hoots about what he or anyone else says to me or about me.

            I was pointing out that I was uncomfortable with the non stop “christ killer” “boy fucking” rubbish and those references are what will be used by others to define this blog.

            I have no issue with how you or anyone else choose to vote for or express that voting preference and I am happy to debate those issues with you or others and have dome so many times.

            The instant descent into the stereotypical response of the abject racist or xenophobe or god hating individual was what was the point of my post.

            If that is not how it came across then I didn’t do a very good job but at no time did I ask that anyone be deleted or removed from this blog, just that those extreme comments be noted as I am sure they will be by those that seek to define this blog and those of us on it as alt right or any other vitriolic tag.

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        • Free speech, free expression, is the No 1 in the American Constitution and so everything is driven from that principle.

          It means things can be said, Bill boards, pamplets, papers, advertising, challenging, thought provoking, rebuttal, mocking & ridicule, cartoons, and keep communication open, for further discussion, & debate, information, the b/s, the lies, to put the ideas, the contest of ideas, the details, the consequences, all of it, warts & all, being the corner stone of democracy.

          So campaign, bring forth the points, in as many ways as possible.

          I may not always agree with you, being “a national party whip” :-), and it would seem to be like herding cats, 🙂
          But do remember, when there is real credible food, the cats will come to the bowl.
          The shy voter syndrome, but they only will come out if something is dire, or some real convincing credible alternative is the way to go.

          I see that this is where it is Trump’s biggest challenge, keeping free speech, wide open!
          That push back I hope is his main legacy, and I hope others continue with that, as that opens up so many other points.
          It shows up weakness’s, that is often covered with controlling censorship. and helps prove if there is, or not strength in the policy or idea.
          Sunlight!

          Can those points you make, effect the general voter?
          Are the national party on point, with credibility?
          Sure they have intentions, but one does wonder as “best intentions are the pathway to hell”
          Sure there is a list for the first 100 days, and that means that all those MP’s have to uncompromisingly know their stuff, and be convincing. Are they doing this?

          I know the media knock Bridges around, and now again he pipes up.
          He needs to know his mind, his principles, so he can more quickly and from with within himself, & seem to practice those principles.
          His stamp on caucus, maybe there, or not, and remains to be seen, as time, eventually allows hind sight to prove or disprove.
          Some parts he has got it, and in other parts is as you point out, can waffle with the best of them, that is with Ardern & Peters waffling.

          At least Bill English, did not relent to Winston, or as more likely it would appear that Winston never was going to join in for whatever reason.

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          • ” being “a national party whip” :-), and it would seem to be like herding cats, ”

            I hate to confess it but prior to the 2017 election I pretty much cast my vote and left my political involvement there.

            It was the selection of the coalition and the campaign that they and “what’s in it for wynston” ran their campaign that got my dander up.

            Unfortunately it is still up but I am more an anti coalition person that pro National.

            I do, however, see them as the only viable alternative.

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            • So since the election the times have changed, Key long gone, and English has left.

              Bridges is there, and he has to know himself, that is his principles, so it is just 2nd nature in response, and in his replies.
              Like the curates egg, good in parts.
              A bit like Seymour too.
              Perception in Politics, makes or breaks, though it can be overcome, involves commitment, perseverance and able to open up other ideas to get a point across.

              Maybe he will get there, who knows, but he needs consistency, in what he says, and in his actions, to gain credibility.

              To be able to put a policy, I know a lot is in the timing, and then to be the government in waiting. with the gravitas and credibility,
              The “1st 100 days” policies maybe, but make sure there are no “maybe’s”
              Also who else, that is dependable, with credibility in the National Party?
              They claim depth, but who? and is that enough?

              The meat in the “bowl” must not have the compromise odour, for those circling “cats”, and it must be pretty straight forward to gain the ordinary voter, not the “belt way” ones on these political blogs.

              In the meantime, life goes on, and most legislation does not effect people directly, unless like the gun legislation that only affects a section of society and as argued that it is not too bad, as other guns are ok. for that certain group anyway. Not exactly correct.
              Yet the principles are lost.

              A lot more legislation and its effects are coming down the pipeline, with regional and district councils, in just the small area I am involved in, and many are pretty much unaware of that, except for the major clashes like tunnels, trains/trams.

              That is why “free speech” is so important, as although the indian marriage issue may be small, it is the shutting down of the debate, that actually is a part of UN Migration Pact that the CoL signed up with.
              It is shutting debate, that leads onto other important issues.
              That feeds onto economics of infrastructure, housing, road congestion, overloading waste water systems, & who pays etc. etc., the kiwi, newcomers, etc.

              The real issue is the “social welfare state” which if is supposedly depends on an ever expanding population, for its sustainability, proves it is a “ponzi” scheme, and encourages other to rush from across the world, to enjoy the proceeds,

              If it is real stand alone, success, then newcomers will buy in, contribute, and may find that true cost is rather high. That way it will ;be truly valued, and guarded, as it is your own money and input.

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              • A lot there to absorb this late on a Friday when the Tullamore Dew is whispering in my ear but, man for man or woman National’s group do seem more adept at both the politics and the ability so I back them to do a better job. Perfect, no but better.

                Free speech, well currently it is just waffle from the coalition and I very much doubt that anything will eventuate from that waffle, certainly within NZ although there are moves in quite a few other countries so that may filter here… eventually but not within the coalitions term.

                I prefer to “wait and see” as getting all het up at this stage is a waste of time but it is certainly a subject worth monitoring.

                Indian marriages…. from memory there were a total of 89 lodged in the past year so in my mind dwarfed well and truly by the permits issued over the last 12 months…… all 280,000 of them, the highest ever and don’t for a moment think all the “work visas” will remain short term as they have a habit of turning into something else.

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      • I often think that all names should be supressed until found guilty.
        Eg what if you or I were accused of a crime that we did not commit, it would ruin our reputation and job prospects.
        But then we have that Indian doctor named and videod in court.
        And yet Grace Millaines accused has name supression
        WTF
        Both cases are the same
        The Indian doctor will find it hard to get another job
        So why is the Grace Millaines accused name supressed?
        Is he an All Black or Warrior or a Politicians son?

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        • “Is he an All Black or Warrior or a Politicians son?”

          One would think so considering Angry’s concern to keep his name suppressed. I read the name soon after but it meant nothing to me.

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        • Yes Diggie I agree that probably on balance names should be suppressed until the defendant is found guilty. But tgen there should be no suppression whatsoever.

          On the ‘well known sportsman’ issue, I think it’s irresponsible of the news media to throw out tidbits like this because it just creats rumour and innuendo which tars many innocent sportsmen with the same brush. Totally irresponsible and not at all helpful.

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        • You say
          ‘The Indian doctor will find it hard to get another job’

          So he should.
          He should get 25 years for this as a minimum.
          So it is not like he will need a job fora while.

          He not only killed (allegedly) a 16 year old girl in her own bed ; this heinous action lead to the suicide Amber Rose’s mother a few months later as the grief overwhelmed her.
          The family lost a mother and daughter in the space of a few months because of this piece of sleazy creepy Indian shit.

          Ardern, the vacuous show pony, sheds tears for a murdered British backbacker.
          Where is the tart on this matter?
          Ardern sheds tears for the 50 foreigners killed by a foreigner in a mosque in Chch but not the 700 local suicides she lied about addressing as a high priority.

          Note that this creepy Indian doctor shit was about to lose his job anyway because of all the complaints about his sleaziness towards women.

          Amber Rose had further evidence that would have seen him fired for sure so he murdered her to silence her -allegedly.

          I would not be too concerned at the employment prospects of this sleazy scum bucket Indian doctor Venod Skantha.
          I would be more concerned about his right to take another breath.

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          • It’s unbelievable the job issue was tabled in court.
            Surely, we can ensure/deport this Indian cnut in back home.
            They can, if they are told to…he does not deserve our protection.
            They need crap doctors in India way more than here.
            Audit his entire medical training and immigration history,

            Even fly him home on Malaysia Airlines….

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            • I am not an expert but this guy will serve time and he will then be sent somewhere else.

              New Zealand is quite good at deportation unless ardern and galloway get involved.

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        • It is amusing to compare the media coverage when an attractive blonde woman is killed – compared to say a 45 year old bald man.

          They also assume guilt right from the start if the alleged victim is female.

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  4. Note for kea and his antagonists. Last nights Have your say was unruly. I do not want to start deleting comments or members. Be warned that you only get one chance to play nice with everyone here (none of that sin bin crap). You know how the mad parrot reacts to comments of a religious nature, so please do not give it the chance to be intolerant to others. This is supposed to be a free speech blog and while we might not always agree, sometimes you religious types need to follow your good book and turn the other cheek.
    No reply is necessary.

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    • I assume that other replies to this will be treated the same way mine have?

      For the record Ed, I have two gods, my wife and money 🙂

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    • And some of us Catholics have been offering 4 bloody cheeks by the looks of things…. And it’s not the Atheists or Protestants that have been taking advantage of this…. Bloody PedoPriests should all be shot.

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      • Bloody pedos should be shot, full stop.

        I am not a catholic nor a religious man but as a catholic, have you met any pedopriests? I have no idea but I do wonder if priests have a higher level of disturbed people than any other grouping of people although labour do seem to have a few deviants in their midst.

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        • Interestingly enough, personally no. I went to a Catholic all boys school in Johannesburg, but none of the priests there seemed dodgy. In New Zealand I have not met any that have been caught or prosecuted. Most of the priests I knew that left the priesthood got married ( to women). One of my relatives is a priest. He hates pedo priests just as much as he says they have tainted all of them. I sometimes think Catholic priests get a disproportionate amount of “press”, BUT the hierarchy needs all the grief they get for covering this stuff up for years. I believe that if the Catholic church allowed married priests, some of the problem would go, but pedos would then just go into teaching or scouts, where ever good pickings are…..

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  5. A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.”
    
“Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband.
    
“It’s me,” says the wife. “Talking to the wine.”

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    • Remember, this racist, futile piece of legislation is the brain child of James Shaw, Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges, Winston Peters and their cohorts. One and one politician alone voted against it.

      When people are makes their two ticks blue, remember what you are supporting.

      The party that supported the gun buyback.
      The party that voted for the Carbon Zero Bill.
      The party that has not stood up for New Zealanders freedoms.
      etc.

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    • Hard to say if it is a vocal minority or a majority. It is also worth remembering most of the world does not share our white european liberal views anyway.

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  6. New poll shows support for President Trump growing despite impeachment campaign by Democrats

    A new poll shows that the approval rating for President Donald Trump among Americans has actually grown despite the constant drumbeat of new accusations from Democrats seeking impeachment.

    The poll from HarrisX and The Hill shows that the approval rating for the president is at 49 percent, the highest rating he’s received thus far this year.

    This represents a 2 percentage point gain from a previous poll in September.

    The poll was conducted a week after Democrats announced the commencement of a formal impeachment inquiry against the president based on allegations from a government whistleblower.

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/trump-approval-ratings-rises-during-impeachment

    I wonder what these dangerous lunatics have planned if Trump wins in 2020?

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      • Three years ago today President Trump was elected by the voters of USA to be their POTUS.
        Not the twats in the East and West seaboards.
        The Heartland spoke.

        Fruity Farrar and his TDS fruitcakes can’t handle it.

        Next year – to quote George Gregan – Four More Years.
        Ah, that feels good.
        After 16 years of Bush 43 and Bathhouse Barry this is a massive upgrade.
        Trump 3.0 after Beta Barry !!

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  7. I plan to spend part of my weekend adding all the rest of the National Mps to my email list.
    Then I can bulk email them and tell them what a pack of sickly white liberal sell outs they are.
    I had emailed 10 of them asking not to vote for it.

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    • Did you get a reply?

      I emailed my local mp withou a reply so I forwarded that email to Simon Bridges with a few extra comments and I did get a reply byt not for about 6 weeks.

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      • It depends.
        I have every Green and Labor Mp on my email address book,
        Divided into Greens, Maori and Labour Mps.
        So I can bulk abusive emails to them eg I dislike your policy on xyz.
        But then I do individual emails asking a specific question in a polite mannaer and I usually get a reply.
        Eg What are you doing about unemployment
        Do you think your policies are causing the downturn in business confidence.
        I have one page replies from Carmel Sepuloni, Willie Jackson, Grant Robertson.

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  8. A few people have phoned talkback today and said they have joined the Act party and sent them $20.
    A good idea would be to do that, and then send a copy of your bank statement to as many National officials and Mp’s as you can.

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    • In the previous Auckland election Boomer Baby was a Mayoral Candidate. I said I was going to vote for her. My family asked why? ” Nice Tits ” I replied. I figured if I had to listen to the Mayor Talking crap, at least it wouldn’t be a butt ugly mayor…

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  9. At the rate Bridges is going, he will get me as wild as Dave M was yesterday.

    From the Magic Talk site:

    “Simon tells Ryan that they should “go and read the fine print, listen to my speech,” he explains that National have tabled amendments that they intend to enact within 100 days if they should return to Government to better bring the bill into line with National principals.”

    What arrogant a..hole. That is equivalent to Ardern saying “read between the lines”

    He just does not get it!!

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    • yes they should have voted again st it.
      OK it would still have gone through but National would have had the high ground and could still make changes if they ever get elected again
      This will just make it harder for them to get into power.

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      • Thinking about it some more –hasn’t Bridges and National heard of an old fashion press release.
        They could have explained their stance, high lighted the “fine print” and listed their amendments they tabled. Really easy.
        By the end of next week, after they have copped a lot of flak, they might get around to it but that will too late.

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      • National are never going to govern alone. They have never been voted in by the majority of voters ever in their history. They are only ever there by abusing the voting system.
        Simon will never rule alone. The Maori will always oppose, the Greens ain’t his friend and they are slimy pricks and Winston will never team up wth him.
        doesn’t give him enough votes to win power ever.

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  10. Hi Ed
    I am sorry but I am having to complain again today.
    The blog is very slow.
    Red round and round squares
    I have to F5 three times to see the last comments.
    And now it took me five minutes to get a reply posted.
    I think you really need to look at changing blog and isp or giving them an ultimatum,.
    We are all in a hurry and things should just work.
    I have a fast desktop, and a fast UFB plan.

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    • Not exactly same problem, but when clicking on a “recent comment” this afternoon get a 503 error, then go back click and then works ok.

      Ok maybe computer is tired , overloaded, or modem or provincial, , so will go through the procedure, refresh, restart, cache clear etc,, that no other blog makes me do. but will do later when it suits..

      And sometimes DN15 says a long time to put the comment up..
      I do find that on noticing that I copy and so not to loose post, and then ready to post again..
      No problem as if it has snuck through I do get a warning of Duplicate post, which signals the original is now through.

      Not complaining but more info, and like statistics just to confuse you 🙂 and with no links either can still occur.

      Or more busy on this blog 🙂

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      • I’ve had 503 errors today so just restarted my Mac. Normally the only problem I have had more recently is the internet timing out. The spooks must be ‘inserting sticks in the spokes’ to upset YSB traffic!

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          • Where is your host?
            The Ukraine?
            Tel them you want some f…ng service!
            ED, you should not have to work on this sort of thing.
            You should be able to spend your time promoting the blog and providing content.
            Not fighting wars all the time

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  11. Anyone who has read any of my comments over the years will know that I have an intense hatred of all forms of religion. But every so often I read an article I presume to be a pisstake because I doubt that even the most fucked-up Godbotherer could be so sick. In this case I was wrong:

    Fox News reports:

    T.I. said in a new interview that he accompanies his daughter every year for her annual gynecological exam to ensure she is still a virgin.

    It’s further revealed that:

    ……”T.I. happens to be a conservative Christian. Indeed, the Christian rapper is a “devout Southern Baptist” who apparently treats his daughter like livestock”…….

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/11/christian-rapper-t-i-takes-teen-daughter-to-gynecologist-to-make-sure-shes-a-virgin/

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  12. I was at the monthly meeting of Tim Macindoe with MP Lawrence Yule as guest speaker.

    It was a public meeting so not confidential. Yule was honest and said their support was a lot political. If they had of voted against the bill they felt it would have cost them in the run-up to the election. The crazy denier label would not put long term National voters off but it could do so in the case of swing voters.

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    • That is how I see it as well Chuck but, time will tell if they back away from this legislation should they win in 2020.

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    • They didn’t have to support the bill. It would have passed without them. By not supporting it, come election time they could say that they will change it if they become Govt.
      Instead they signal that they support the principle of climate change and all the shit that goes with it. It’s to late for Yule saying they had no option. Everyone has options. Look at Seymour, he opposed the bill and look at the result.

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      • …..”he opposed the bill and look at the result.”……

        Indeed. Today ACT received the first money I’ve ever donated to a political party.

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        • Just think – this time next year we could be (legally) sucking a joint through the barrel of an AK-47, while the missus pops out for an abortion 🙂

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      • Ed, I think I would have preferred they did not support the bill. However, I am impressed with Yule’s honesty. It is easy for ACT or the New Conservatives to promise things but only a major party can deliver.

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        • The thing, i think, for many of us is “deliver what?”

          The “major” parties are tripping over each other in policy, disdain for people and their desire to keep their noses in the trough.

          They do not deliver, do they? We still have the same problems, election after election after election.

          Vote National. Vote Labour. It is all the same.

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    • They simply have no understanding of people. They should go do a phycology paper. The should spend some years selling. Then they might understand people and their mtivations. Lawyers never do.

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  13. I think that after listeng to Shane Jones on magic radio that NZF may get a big uptick in support, never mind Winston he’s due for retirement/rest home soon.
    Shane is not backing down.
    I feel like sending Act $20
    And NZF $20
    And joining both.
    I am all for a bigger population but not the third world corrupt low life’s that we have been getting for the last 20 years!

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    • C’mon Diggy – not NZF – you’ll get Wynstoned the Baubles Hunter dictating our government again.

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      • Well last election I sent National a few $20 donations and they wasted it on a regurgitated advertising campaign.
        They need to up their game.
        National need to get the message on how angry I am and I am sure many others are.
        79% percent of the people voted that they don’t want a National (sic) climate Change emergency declared.

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    • I would donate to Labour before donating to New Zealand First. At least Labour will give you a reach around while screwing you. NZF wouldn’t do the courtesy.

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  14. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ANTI-SEMITISM

    THe term ‘Semitic’ refers to a family of languages. There is no such thing as a Semitic race as, equally, there is no such thing as an Aryan race. Both terms have been twisted and corrupted by those who wish to re-invent them for their own disreputable agendas.

    The idea that the Jews are a Semitic race became popularised at a time when others wanted to give Jews a racial identity. The fact is, the Jews are not a race, as such, but composed of different strands, the main one having no connection at all to the ancient wandering tribes of the deserts of the Holy Land. The main strand being the central European Ashkenazim, descended from the Khazars, a people of Finno-Turkic stock that flourished around the Caspian Sea area in the Middle Ages. A mass conversion to Judaism occurred for what were fundamentally political reasons.

    They had no lineal connection to the “tribes of Israel”, making a nonsense of the Zionist Law of Return. The only thing that was ‘Semitic’ is the Hebrew language later adopted by the state of Israel, superseding Yiddish as the preferred language of the Ashkenazim of central Europe. Arabic is also a Semitic language, as is Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ.

    Anti-Semitism’ has been elevated to a very special position and this position allows the Zionists to wield enormous clout. The slightest criticism of Jewish influence in Hollywood, of world Jewry or of Israeli state policy, is deemed ‘anti-Semitic’ and the consequences for many can mean imprisonment or, at least, the loss of a career and any real worthwhile future.

    http://www.europeanaction.com/id89.html

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  15. Paula Bennett attacks ‘ridiculous comment’ by Meka Whaitiri over ‘fairness’ for beneficiaries
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/11/paula-bennett-attacks-ridiculous-comment-by-meka-whaitiri-over-fairness-for-beneficiaries.html

    “Paula Bennett has described a comment by Meka Whaitiri as “ridiculous” after the Labour MP suggested beneficiaries be treated with “fairness” like “farmers and exporters”.

    Whaitiri, MP for Ikaroa Rāwhiti, made the suggestion in a Facebook post linking to an article about National’s social services proposals released last month, promising a welfare crackdown.

    National’s deputy leader Paula Bennett wrote in a Facebook post that Whaitiri’s comments were “ridiculous” and that the Labour MP’s “kind of thinking” is what “sees welfare dependency skyrocket”.

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    • I think the plan to reduce the benefit is flawed. I would increase it, but reduce access to it.

      Eg: No more new single parent benefits from a date set 10 months ahead.

      The extremely rare genuine cases, like widows, would receive some assistance.

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      • I would much rather pay $1000 per week to one person that needs it than $200 per week to five lazy sods that don’t.

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  16. This is interesting. Latest UMR poll (Labour’s internal poll) has ACT at 3%. That would be before the Zero Carbon Bill

    “Voters are responding to ACT’s principled positions. According to Matthew Hooton, ACT is close to three per cent in Labour’s latest internal poll, conducted by UMR. This would give the party four MPs and, potentially, a kingmaker role in the next Parliament.”

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      • Sorry a bit late in reply. It was from the latest ACT newsletter. My guess they are getting support from gun owners.

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    • I find that very hard to believe – 3% before yesterday!
      I’d like to see 5% today, but I would not bet on it.

      That’s also part of the problem.
      How does the strategic voter work out that 3% will get Act 4 seats?

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      • There are 120 seats in the NZ parliament so each seat represents approximately 0.8% of the total electoral vote. So 0.8% will give one seat, 1.6% will give two etc.

        If ACT were polling 5%, 4.8% would give them six seats.

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  17. Top three groups targeted by the National Party in 2019:

    ✞ Farmers
    ✞ Low paid service workers
    ✞ Firearm users

    Labour-Lite LETS LOSE THIS! 2020

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    • You’re not far off the money Kea. I’ve long suspected that National look upon farmers as captive voters much the same as Labour like to keep unionists as pets. Recreational hunters come from all walks of life & political persuasions so they’re flying a kite there.

      I get the feeling that deep down National don’t really want to win next year. They’re not sufficiently hungry for power to take the merest of risks.

      Pity about what will happen to the country under another three years of the CoL though.

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      • Yes good point. Labour take the vote of the common worker as granted. Same as they do for poofters etc. That is how John Key got to be so popular – by appealing to those traditional left voters.

        Sadly we are now faced with the appalling situation of having no major party out for the little man and the farmer. Simon seems more interested in preparing for the Rapture with a suite of puritanical social policies.

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    • ……”How many “boomers” on here did “not” have a second job at some stage in the asset acquisition cycle.”……

      Very few I would imagine. I did 70 hour + weeks for years to hold things together & pay two mortgages, the second at 18% interest.

      But that wasn’t the killer. The 66cents in the $ tax was!

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      • Again, another reply that didn’t make it through. Perhaps someone is concerned that I may trigger you.

        I said having or being a decent accountant helped as did a family trust. Not so much these days.

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  18. *************** A Public Service Announcement*******************

    If you are using a Brave browser, take the Shield down for YSB.

    This will help mitigate the issues caused by the GCSB monitoring and Mossad (Hi Guys)

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      • It took me a while to work that one out. I could log on, but not comment. Plus general weirdness.

        Brave was blocking the site due to the spyware installed by Ardern’s goons in the GCSB.

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        • If I wasn’t seeing the behaviour I am seeing I would laugh at you. None of my browsers work on any device, but as soon as I bypass my router (mobile data or hotspot) I can comment. That shit is just weird.

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  19. How much fuel of different types, provides the same amount of energy as a tank of gas?

    Combustion of wood = 300 pounds.(136 kgs)
    Combustion of coal = 200 pounds.(90.71 kgs)
    Combustion of gas = 16 gallons(60.566 litres)
    Typical Nuclear fuel = 1 paper clip
    Deuterium-Tritium fusion = 1 grain of rice
    Matter-Antimatter Reaction = 1 flea egg.

    Fusion Power Has Become a National Priority for Russia. Will the West Follow?

    While some people believe that mankind is just another animal which may only adapt to scarcity under a closed system of fixed resources managed by privileged elites, humanists recognize that humanity’s true nature is found not in the flesh, but in the powers of mind which characterize us as a unique species capable of making unending discoveries in a growing creative universe which can be characterized in the same manner that Beethoven described his music: as rigorous as it is free.

    https://risingtidefoundation.net/2019/07/17/putin-makes-fusion-power-a-national-priority-for-russia/

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  20. John Armstrong’s opinion: Ardern’s ‘deft, yet ruthless piece of politics’ left Shane Jones, Winston Peters humiliated
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/john-armstrongs-opinion-arderns-deft-yet-ruthless-piece-politics-left-shane-jones-winston-peters-humilliated

    Does Cindy have the skill and cleverness to make a “deft and ruthless” play against Jones and Winston? I doubt it, and suspect she was just pissed off at ‘juggernaut Jones’ throwing insults at the whinging Indians.

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    • Her eye would also have been on the UN. so she had to do this or personally be seen as a treasonous collaborator with Shane.
      Though Peters signed the UN Migration Pact, then claiming it is not binding.
      Ardern avidly supports it, in her hijab style, with the increase of UN refugees, wellness budgets, and now Zero Carbon targets. (will that match Greta?)

      The UN Migration Pact
      OBJECTIVE 17: Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration ……..
      ………..
      …… To realize this commitment, we will draw from the following actions:
      a) Enact, implement or maintain legislation that penalizes hate crimes and aggravated hate crimes targeting migrants, and train law enforcement and other public officials to identify, prevent and respond to such crimes and other acts of violence that target migrants, as well as to provide medical, legal and psychosocial assistance for victims

      b) Empower migrants and communities to denounce any acts of incitement to violence directed towards migrants by informing them of available mechanisms for redress, and ensure that those who actively participate in the commission of a hate crime targeting migrants are held accountable, in accordance with national legislation, while *upholding international human rights law, in particular the right to freedom of expression

      c) Promote independent, objective and quality reporting of media outlets, including internet based information, including by sensitizing and educating media professionals on migration-related issues and terminology, investing in ethical reporting standards and advertising, and stopping allocation of public funding or material support to media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination towards migrants, in full respect for the freedom of the media

      d) Establish mechanisms to prevent, detect and respond to racial, ethnic and religious profiling of migrants by public authorities, as well as systematic instances of intolerance, xenophobia, racism and all other multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination in partnership with National Human Rights Institutions, including by tracking and publishing trends analyses, and ensuring access to effective complaint and redress mechanisms

      e) Provide migrants, especially migrant women, with access to national and regional complaint and redress mechanisms with a view to promoting accountability and addressing governmental actions related to discriminatory acts and manifestations carried out against migrants and their families
      f) Promote awareness-raising campaigns targeted at communities of origin, transit and destination in order to inform public perceptions regarding the positive contributions of safe, orderly and regular migration, based on evidence and facts, and to end racism, xenophobia and stigmatization against all migrants
      g) Engage migrants, political, religious and community leaders, as well as educators and service providers to detect and prevent incidences of intolerance, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination against migrants and diasporas and support activities in local communities to promote mutual respect, including in the context of electoral campaigns

      b)*upholding international human rights law, in particular the right to freedom of expression
      A way to legitimize suppression, censorship, as per the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights which the “Organisation of Islamic cooperation” is such a big part of in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, with just the change of a definition, a word, put in or removed.
      The new Human Rights Chief Commissioner will be helping her with that.

      Ardern does not want anything to mar her shining with the objectives that UN wants.

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